Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

November 26, 2012

Tree will bring joy to others

Diane Raver
The Herald-Tribune

BATESVILLE — Arlene Wachsmann never imagined the little blue spruce sprig she received in the late 1980s would grow into the enormous beauty it is today.

“I started working for Taff Furniture, Batesville, about 26 years ago and worked there for many years. Then my husband was sick, and I stayed home to take care of him and retired in 1999.” Later, her boss, Bruce Talbott, asked her to come back to work for the going-out-of-business sale. Now, she works part time at the Greensburg store.

The store “had a lot of promotions, and in 1986 or 1987, each customer was given a small spruce tree for Arbor Day. I got one, too. It was only a foot high at the time, so I planted it in our front yard” at 58 Circle Lane.

“To our amazement, it grew into a beautiful tree about 30 feet high, too big for where it’s at. We decorated it for many years.”

Since it needed to come down, “my son David suggested I call Mayor Rick Fledderman and donate it to the city for its Christmas tree.” He agreed, and the tree will be decorated and lit for the city’s Light Up the Night celebration Thursday, Nov. 29. “I plan to be there for the lighting and Bruce hopes to come down, too.”

Donating the evergreen to the city “makes me feel wonderful .... I was so afraid it was going to have to be cut down and thrown away or end up in a fireplace somewhere. Now it will live on forever” in residents’ memories.